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Fairies and Folk of Ireland   By: (1863-1902)

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Fairies and Folk of Ireland by William Henry Frost is a captivating journey into the enchanting world of Irish folklore and legends. Within its pages, Frost transports readers to a realm where fairies, leprechauns, and other mythical beings dwell among mortals, weaving a tapestry of magical tales that are as captivating as they are enlightening.

The book is skillfully divided into sections, each exploring a different facet of Irish folklore. Frost delves into the powerful and often mischievous nature of the fairies, shedding light on their intricate society and customs. With vivid descriptions and well-researched accounts, the author delves into the various types of fairies and their involvement in Irish culture, from mischievous tricksters to benevolent guardians.

What sets this book apart is Frost's ability to seamlessly blend storytelling and historical context. Alongside the fascinating tales, the author provides cultural insights and historical background, shedding light on how these stories have shaped Irish traditions and beliefs. This not only deepens our understanding of the folklore but also helps bring it to life in a way that resonates with readers.

Frost's writing style is accessible and engaging, making Fairies and Folk of Ireland accessible to both avid mythology enthusiasts and casual readers alike. His narrative voice effectively captures the essence of these tales, conveying the profound connection between humans and the mystical creatures that inhabit the Irish landscape.

Moreover, the book features beautiful illustrations that compliment Frost's storytelling. These captivating visual representations bring the fairies and folk of Ireland to life, adding an extra layer of allure to an already mesmerizing experience. The illustrations, combined with Frost's evocative prose, transport readers to a realm where legends become reality.

One aspect that could be improved in this book is the organization of the information. While the division of sections is clear and well-thought-out, within each section, the stories are presented in a somewhat random order. This can occasionally disrupt the flow of the reading experience, making it a bit challenging to fully immerse oneself in the narratives.

Overall, Fairies and Folk of Ireland is a delightful and enlightening exploration of Irish mythology. William Henry Frost's passion for storytelling and his deep knowledge of Celtic folklore shines through every page. This book not only offers captivating tales but also provides valuable insights into the rich cultural heritage of Ireland. Whether you're a lover of fairy stories or simply eager to delve into the magic of Irish folklore, this book is a must-read.

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[Illustration: ]

FAIRIES AND FOLK

OF IRELAND

BY

WILLIAM HENRY FROST

ILLUSTRATED BY SYDNEY RICHMOND BURLEIGH

NEW YORK

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

1900

COPYRIGHT, 1900, BY

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

To

Jane Grey Allen and Elizabeth Allen

CONTENTS

I. O'DONOGHUE

II. THE BIG POOR PEOPLE

III. THE LITTLE GOOD PEOPLE

IV. THE CLEVERNESS OF MORTALS

V. THE TIME FOR NAGGENEEN'S PLAN

VI. LITTLE KATHLEEN AND LITTLE TERENCE

VII. A CHAPTER THAT YOU CAN SKIP

VIII. THE STARS IN THE WATER

IX. A YEAR AND A DAY

X. THE IRON CRUCIFIX

XI. THE OLD KING COMES BACK

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"'IS IT TIME?' THE WARRIOR SAID" Frontispiece

"THROUGH THE FLYING WATER I SAW THE OLD KING"

"'BLESSED DAYS THERE WERE.' SHE SAID"

"THEY WERE CHANGED INTO FOUR BEAUTIFUL WHITE SWANS"

"WILL YOU HAVE A LIGHT FOR YOUR PIPE, YOUR MAJESTY?"

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